City po­lice seek man in probe of fa­tal hit-run

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

He and the woman who died were in­volved in a “pos­si­ble dis­pute” shortly be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

City po­lice are seek­ing the iden­tity and where­abouts of a man be­lieved to have been driv­ing a mini­van that left the scene of a fa­tal hit-and-run ac­ci­dent on Bruyn Av­enue near El­men­dorf Street last week.

About 4:20 p.m. Sept. 20, of­fi­cers re­sponded to a “pos­si­ble dis­pute” in­volv­ing the vic­tim, Ash­lee Crescione, 23, of Kingston, and a man be­lieved to have been at the scene of the in­ci­dent, the Kingston Po­lice De­part­ment said Wednes­day. The man was de­scribed by wit­nesses as white and “pos­si­bly in his twen­ties of early thir­ties, with dirty blond hair, pierc­ing blue eyes and wear­ing a white tee shirt,” po­lice said in a press re­lease.

The ve­hi­cle was de­scribed as a newer-style gray mini­van, pos­si­bly with tinted rear win­dows.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found Crescione ly­ing in the road with a se­vere head in­jury. She died Sept. 23 at Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

In­ter­views and ev­i­dence from the scene in­di­cate a pos­si­ble dis­pute in­volv­ing Crescione and the man who now is be­ing sought, po­lice said.

At some point, the man went to his parked mini­van and started to leave the area, po­lice said. As the ve­hi­cle was leav­ing, po­lice said, Crescione was dragged a short dis­tance and fell to the ground, strik­ing her head. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, po­lice said it was un­clear whether she got caught on the ve­hi­cle or was hold­ing on to it.

The mini­van was last seen mak­ing a left turn from Bruyn Av­enue onto Downs Street and head­ing to­ward Fox­hall Av­enue, po­lice said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the man or the ve­hi­cle is asked to call Kingston po­lice at (845) 331-1671 or (845) 331-4499 or use the “Sub­mit a Tip” link on the po­lice de­part­ment’s Face­book page.

On Feb. 11, 2015, Crescione was struck and in­jured by a CSX freight train as she walked next to the tracks just south of the Boices Lane cross­ing in the town of Ul­ster and didn’t get out of the way in time, po­lice said at the time.

They said her hear­ing was not ob­structed by the use of ear phones or a cell phone.

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